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Google Pixel 3 XL launch spoiled by early sale in Hong Kong

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The Pixel 3 series is set to be unveiled on October 9, but after numerous leaks and teasers, we now have the nail in the phone’s hype coffin.

Engadget got hold of an actual retail unit being sold in Hong Kong days ahead of the launch, and has published this first look video for everyone. Spoiler alert!

Richard Lai, who put this whole video together according to the end credits, runs through the phone’s specs and features, practically confirming all the rumors that have surfaced up to this point.

This unit was obtained through Hong Kong mobile shop WahPhone Digital. Since it’s a rare find, it currently sells for HK$ 15,880 or around US$ 2,025 — woah!

But the best news from this is the complete set of accessories, from the USB-C earphones and USB-C-to-3.5mm adapter, to the USB-C-to-USB-A dongle and 18W fast charger. This is way more than Apple offers with the iPhone XS.

Specs are pretty much what we expected: Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6.3-inch 1440p OLED display, 128GB of storage, but only 4GB of memory. Lai says that a 6GB memory version should become available, as well.

Interestingly, there are two cameras in front — both with 8 megapixels but one is extra wide for group photos — and only one 12.2-megapixel camera on the back, which is surprising to see in a time when three rear shooters is gradually becoming the flagship standard.

Google may have more secrets to reveal during the actual launch, as well as more Pixel products that aren’t phones.

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Apple is getting sued for false advertising

They lied about screen size and resolution

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Everyone hates false advertising. If a company sells a product, you expect to get exactly what you paid for. Unfortunately, hyperbolic marketing is a thing. Often, companies will oversell their products to maximize sales. Of course, most people don’t mind. If a product works well, advertising doesn’t matter.

Regardless, there will always be a subset of the population that won’t stand for false advertising. Some are even litigious. In America, two people have sued Apple for just that.

In California and New York, two plaintiffs have filed suits against the company for false advertising. According to the extensive law document, Apple lied about their display size and screen quality.

Based on official spec sheets and advertising, the iPhone X and XS have a resolution of 2436 x 1125. The iPhone XS Max has a resolution of 2688 x 1242. However, Christian Sponchiado and Courtney Davis — the plaintiffs — argue that this doesn’t factor in the notch and the rounded corners.

Mathematically, the suit proves that Apple’s advertising is false. For example: instead of the advertised 2436 x 1125 resolution, the iPhone X and XS only have a possible resolution of about 2195 x 1125, a 10 percent discrepancy.

Additionally, the suit attacks Apple’s “it’s all screen” advertising. On launch, the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR used wallpapers that obscured the notch. According to the suit, Apple intentionally hid the pixels for the “all screen” tagline.

The suit was filed in all 50 US states and the nation’s capital. It tries to appeal to the country’s trade laws. In the suit, both parties bought the latest phones and “suffered injury in fact and lost money because the [iPhones] did not provide the advertised screen quality, resolution, or size and was worth less than the phone he had bargained for.”

Among all of Apple’s various legal battles, this fight is one of the stranger ones to date.

SEE ALSO: Apple will not change its design next year, report says

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Honor smartwatch with MediaTek chip may be coming

Even longer battery life?

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It’s no secret that MediaTek chipsets are found in a ton of products, from smartphones to smart speakers and even wireless earphones. Now, it’s possible we’re gonna see a new one powering a smartwatch, as well.

I’m referring to the next Honor smartwatch, which has leaked through a Bluetooth SIG certification. It may be the successor or lower-end model of the recently launched Honor Watch.

Not much is mentioned on the document other than it’ll have Bluetooth connectivity and a MediaTek chipset. The latter one is more interesting, since we normally find Qualcomm chips inside wearables.

Like with the Huawei Watch GT, recent smartwatch developments have focused more on battery life than operating system or features. Chances are we might see the same level of attention placed on the upcoming Honor smartwatch.

No launch date or other details have been revealed yet. The Honor Watch is the company’s first true smartwatch and MediaTek does have experience with wearables, so it’ll be interesting to see where they’ll go with this partnership.

Via: GSMArena

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Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy Flex will cost so much

Hint: it has something to do with the screen

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Based on the current rumors, next year’s foldable phones will take the mantle as history’s most expensive smartphones. Currently, Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Flex is already slated to come with price tags above the US$ 2,000 mark. Even without rumors, the revolutionary form factor will easily break banks because of the new screen alone.

Of course, as with all major purchases, we want to know why we’re paying so much. Finally, we have an insider’s look into what’s ticking inside these foldable screens. Via LetsGoDigitalKorean firm CGS-CIMB Research has broken down the list of materials needed to make the Galaxy Flex. For reference, the report also compares the Galaxy Flex’s breakdown with the iPhone XS Max’s and the Galaxy S9+’s.

According to the report, the Galaxy Flex almost completely uses more expensive components than today’s smartphones.

Naturally, the phone’s foldable display takes the cake. The foldable display costs US$ 218.80 per screen. The amount is almost double the price of the iPhone XS Max’s display. It’s also almost thrice the price of the Galaxy S9+’s display.

Image source: CGS-CIMB Research

As for the rest, the Galaxy Flex’s components are a few more dollars more expensive than its comparisons. The comparison only falters in power management. The iPhone XS Max spent almost two dollars more on power management than the Galaxy Flex.

All in all, the Galaxy Flex costs US$ 636.70. This is a huge leap from contemporary flagships. (The iPhone XS Max costs US$ 390.00; the Galaxy S9+ costs US$ 375.80.)

Because of this massive price increase, Samsung can charge more than today’s flat phones. The report estimates a US$ 1,800 SRP. Arguably, a huge chunk of this price will come from the extensive research done to manufacture the product. Regardless, the bank-breaking price tag is still worlds apart from today’s most expensive smartphones.

According to the report, this awful trend will likely continue. In 2022, the industry is expected to ship 24 million foldable phones, compared to next year’s paltry 3.5 million units. Despite the rush in supply, the price will still stay the same, averaging around US$ 1,300 per unit.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A8s debuts with Infinity-O display

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